Are we officially disclaimed? Excellent! Time to talk about Books Kiersten Enjoyed!
ANNA WITH INTERESTING TASTE IN CLOTHING, by Kendare Blake
In case the title and eerie cover do not make it obvious, this book is YA horror. It's gory. It's funny. It's scary. It's interesting. Who'd have thought I'd be rooting for the girl dripping in blood ripping people in half? Well done, Ms Blake!
I'm a big fan of standalone books lately. Series exhaust me. (I KNOW. I WRITE THEM. I AM A HYPOCRITE.) So I picked this one up not knowing anything about it, and was so, so delighted and impressed. Stiefvater's writing is brilliantly showcased; everything from the characters to the setting to the subtle weaving of legend into reality was spot-on. I loved this book. Look for it in October.
I think Zarr is one of the most talented, thoughtful writers in YA. She tackles such difficult issues with such quiet, hopeful grace. I never finish one of her books without feeling more thoughtful for it. This book is told from dual POVs, a girl who has lost her father and is scared she's losing her mother, and a girl who has never had anything of her own to lose--until she gets pregnant. Look for it in October.
If you think you don't like third person, you do. If you think you don't like fantasy, you do. If you think you don't like girls with naturally blue hair, what is wrong with you?? Laini Taylor is the new Neil Gaiman. Except Neil is still around. So she's an additional Neil Gaiman. Minus the graphic novels and the musician wife. Plus pink hair and the cutest toddler on the planet. Plus aMAZing kissing scenes and incredible descriptions. Minus the British accent. Plus Karou and her world, which I have no doubt Neil would agree are both incredible. Coming September.
LOLA AND THE ONLY MALE MODEL KIERSTEN KNOWS IN THE WHOLE WORLD, by Stephanie Perkins
This book. This book. You guys? I love this book. I honestly can't even say how many times I've read it, and still every time I pass it on my counter my fingers itch to pick it up. Perkins' signature wit soaked in charm is in abundance, but with a depth that makes her romantic comedies a cut above the usual fare. I love Lola, odd and bright and wonderful Lola. I love her boy, with his hair and his pants and his gentle, fidgety hands. (The fictional boy, not the cover model, because that would be awkward since he dated my sister-in-law.) I love this book. The end. Coming September.
So, there you have it. Some books. What have you read lately that you're still thinking about?